Posts Tagged 'aquarium members'

Help Us Test Our Digital Membership Card!


Calling all members: We’re developing our first-ever digital membership card and we need YOUR help!

Any member who is an iPhone user (with iOS 6) can participate in our pilot group for these digital cards, which will eliminate the hassle of having to bring your physical card with you on future visits!

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If interested in participating, email members@aqua.org and our team will send you the link to download the card!

We will be testing for:
• Absorbing the card into your passbook from the above link
• Updates sent to card
• Usage of card on-site

We look forward to your feedback and will be sending a survey at the end of testing. To report any bugs or issues, please email members@aqua.org.

Thank you!

A very special first date

Over the last 30 years we’ve witnessed plenty of couples enjoying a date at the Aquarium. And still today we hear stories upon stories of couples who chose the National Aquarium as their first date. While searching for stories to commemorate our 30-year legacy, we were able to track down what may have been the Aquarium’s first “first date”!

At a member event not too long ago, we caught up with a very special member couple who shared an important first date at the Aquarium in 1981.

“What do you consider a couple?” asked Roger Gabin. Without missing a beat, the Aquarium staff member replied, “Two consenting adults.”  “We officially became a ‘couple’ on our first date!” laughed Gabin.

On that morning in 1981, Gabin thought he was just taking a nice girl out to the newly opened Aquarium on their first date. With the intention of saving a little money on the admission price, he purchased an Aquarium membership as a “couple” for himself and Irva.

Nearly 30 years of marriage and two sons later, Roger and Irva are among the most recognizable of the Aquarium’s charter members, attending member events and reliving their first date and early courtship. They often bring their sons, Joe and Bernie, sharing tales about them as youngsters. Everything from tantrums in Aquarium elevators to Aquarium conservation events at Ft. McHenry, it’s easy to tell the Aquarium is a big part of the Gable family history.

“As members, we got Watermarks in the mail. But Roger ensured it came to his address, so he could use it as an excuse to call me,” laughs Irva. “Yes, but my plan worked! By the time our membership expired, we were already engaged so we could renew as an ‘official couple,’” Roger quips back.

Have you shared a special date at the Aquarium? Share your story with us here! Wo knows, maybe you’ll become the next famed Aquarium couple!


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